Welcome to the official HHBC website!

Hughes Hall Boatclub (HHBC) has a history of consistently impressing on several fronts, making every stroke count towards its phenomenally fantastic results. It has risen rapidly through the Cambridge College rowing ranks since its inception in 1989 to become one of the most successful clubs on the river, frequently winning the prestigious accolade of Blades in the annual Lent and May Bumps Regatta.

Interested in rowing? Please visit our ‘Joining the boatclub’ page. For any questions, send us an e-mail (boatclub@hughes.cam.ac.uk)!

President’s letter

In the Easter term of 2019, we saw 4 Hughesians from the University squads return for our May Bumps campaign, where the Boat Club fielded 3 boats. With both of our men’s crews achieving the highest ever finishing positions in May Bumps in the history of the Boat Club. At the world Championships in Linz, Austria, Hughes Hall Alumnus Dara Alizadeh competed in the M1X. Participation in the Club is wide, we make room for rowers of all levels and are able to give many students their first ever taste of rowing.

Looking ahead, we will continue to set our sights even higher. Our success is based on the commitment of students, Fellows, Senior Members, staff and of course alumni who have created the tradition we continue today. This year especially the College is right behind us, increasing support to build up the women’s rowing programme of Hughes Hall alongside the men’s with better facilities and more professional coaching. Presidents, Fellows and alumni have been generous enough to donate boats, training equipment, and their time and spirit for crews on race days and the Captains are now busy moulding that interest into commitment and passion, in order to allow us to be even more competitive come Lents, Mays, and hopefully Henley too.

We are now working with the Development Office to raise funds for new blades, and to reduce our fees which are the highest per student fees for rowing of any College in Cambridge.

Sponsorship will form a key part of our strategy for future success both in terms of competition and participation. Please support HHBC’s cause and help open a new chapter in Hughes Hall rowing.

Colm Ó Riada
HHBC President 2019/2020